Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 06:31 pm
Germany is a country that has laws against spanking your child. That regulates children's first and last names. That is making steps towards banning unnecessary infant circumcision*. Where we have mandated child health care checkups and if you miss them you get visited at home. Where if your child gets sick and you refuse necessary treatment they can be taken away.

But forcing parents to get their children vaccinated for polio or tetanus is apparently one step too far. WTF.

(* please don't comment on that. I don't have the energy for that)
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 04:37 pm

Welcome to [community profile] aceattorneybigbang/[ profile] aceattorneybigbang 2015!

This is our second year on Dreamwidth. Writers, artists, fanmixers, other creators, betas and cheerleaders are all welcome. Come join the challenge!

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015 04:42 pm
A 1.5 year old kid just died of the measles in Berlin. Our capital had over 400 cases of that damn disease since October.

Fuck the anti-vaccine propaganda and lies.
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 03:24 pm
In answer to someone complaining about people complaining about Valentine's ( ):

I don't *want* to take happiness away from anyone who's happy on Valentine's day-- why would I want to take happiness away from other people? Good luck to them! But *I* hate Valentine's day because it reminds me of the years and years of Valentine's days filled with loneliness and despair, and if I allow myself to think about it, I'll fall apart. I suppose "triggering" is the word I'm looking for. Maybe one day I'll get over that, and I really don't like being this bitter, but for now I hate Valentine's day because of what it does to me. Every. Single. Year.
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 07:13 am
Will and Connor both enjoyed their birthdays. We had a church recorder gig scheduled on the evening of Will's birthday, but we managed to squeeze in cake and presents at my mom's house before performing. On Connor's birthday, both boys wanted to eat at the Golden Corral, so my mom and Robby's parents met us there. On the Sunday evening in between the two birthdays, Connor had his sleepover, which went very well. Presents this year mostly consisted of LEGO sets and accessories, plus several books for Will and several DVDs for Connor.

Connor has continued to practice basketball on Tuesday evenings and play games on Saturday mornings, with varying degrees of enthusiasm. This past Saturday was probably his best game yet in terms of showing a positive attitude and not checking out when he got tired or hurt. He's really made a lot of progress in terms of confidence and perseverance, if not athletic ability. This coming Saturday is his last game of the season.

Our church's music director, who has become a close friend of ours over the past several years, lost her husband on Friday afternoon from complications following surgery Thursday morning that initially seemed successful. It came as a huge shock to everyone. Robby and I are singing a duet for his memorial service tomorrow.

On Saturday evening we went to see our symphony perform a work by Elena Ruehr, who was one of my music professors during my time at MIT. The guest conductor, Alan Pierson, was a fellow MIT alum who had added the work to a program of Vivaldi and Haydn. I was excited to hear the piece, but I was ecstatic when it was revealed that she was in the audience for the performance! I managed to catch her at the end of the concert, and she was as sweet and charming as ever - one of the nicest people I've ever met.

Last night I watched the Oscars, which had several good moments but were kind of disappointing overall. I'm still bitter that the LEGO Movie was robbed of even a nomination in the animated film category, and lost out to Selma for best song - it was like "Blame Canada" all over again, although this time "Glory" was clearly also worthy of the award. My favorite moment of the night, apart from those two performances, was Lady Gaga's Sound of Music tribute, followed by Julie Andrews herself coming out and giving her a hug. I also loved that they got Idina Menzel and John Travolta to present an award together.

I anticipate spending a lot of time this week on financials, now that I have all of my tax information, plus our new church treasurer has requested my help figuring some things out with paychecks and such. (I was offered the job again this year, but wisely said no.) I'm also scheduled to spend Friday evening and much of Saturday (in between basketball obligations) at the annual local handbell festival, despite our music director's recent loss. Speaking of handbells, it looks like I'm going to miss the regional festival again this year, because it's scheduled the same week as Open Source Bridge.

Oh, and the weather people are saying we might get two inches of snow on Wednesday. We had sub-freezing temps most of last week, but we haven't had any frozen precipitation yet this winter. Not unusual for us, but kind of ho-hum after the excitement we had last year. I asked Prof. Ruehr if she was glad to get away from Boston's snow for a few days, and she whimpered a bit in the affirmative.
Friday, February 20th, 2015 01:15 pm
I have now fully unpacked and put all my things into their proper places (including the things I'd mentally tagged miscellaneous that I'd tucked into my carryon) (including the yarn I'd somehow picked up on my travels).
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 07:54 pm
Seriously. I know I'm a Taurus and we excel at collecting things, but tabs should not be one of them. -_-

1 - World of Averages. Okay, so this is a cool site. What the dude here does is takes all the passport photos of a country and overlays them - kinda like those what would X and Y's babies look like - and you get a neat look at the average facial features of different people. He does a male and female version for each race.

2 - Dude vs turkeys. This should not be as funny as it is.

3 - Dudes, Firefly Action Figures!! I want Zoe and Kayley so much now.

4 - How the planets would look if they were as close as the moon.

5 - femslash AU ideas.

6 - And this is just some amazing space pictures.

7 - The silver of an egg blackened by soot, floating in salt water. Seriously, this looks so neat.

And that's it for this round.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 07:14 pm
It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.
Monday, February 16th, 2015 06:44 pm

[community profile] bravelydefault is now open for all your Bravely Default and Bravely Second needs!
Friday, February 13th, 2015 09:38 am
This year, Dreamwidth will be attending Open Source Bridge as our major conference, and like in previous years, we want to bring YOU with us.

OSB runs June 23–26, 2015 in Portland, OR. It's an absolutely wonderful conference -- probably my favorite conference out there. There are all kinds of fabulous talks by all kinds of fabulous people, but even better (IMO) is the hacker lounge, which is huge and full of comfy chairs and fun stuff to play with and really fascinating people to talk to. We'd love for you to be one of those people, and we'll pay to make that happen.

It does not matter if you think you're a Real Developer(™) or not: OSB is my favorite conference for many reasons, and one of them is how there's something for people at every level of experience. Don't let your impostor syndrome keep you from coming, please! If you're reading this, we want you to consider joining us. Really. Not only will you get to attend a really great conference, but we always do a bunch of DW hacking in-person as well. (And there's usually a code push, which means you'll get to hear all the swearing in person, which I am reliably told is hilarious.)

This offer will be open to anyone who has submitted 5 or more pull requests (big, small, or anything in between) by June 1. (We'll be generous there -- if you want to do one big huge thing with massive amounts of effort instead, come see me and we'll talk.) (Also, I was asked if that was "5 PRs between now and 1 Jun" or "5 PRs ever" -- I'll say "5 PRs since 1 Jan", since the goal here is to bring together people who are actively working on DW.) If you do, we will pay for:

* Your conference admission (which includes lunch)
* Your housing in Portland (either in a hotel room or a rental house, depending on how many people we have -- usually it's been hotel rooms with two double beds, each person getting their own bed but sharing the room with one other person)
* Your airfare, round trip from your home airport to PDX (yes, this includes from outside the US!)
* At least one nice group dinner during the trip, and possibly others, depending.

(NB: Generally speaking, we find that on these trips people spend between $200-$300 on other travel costs (meals that aren't covered by DW, tickets for the light rail to/from the airport, etc). If you'd like to come but that cost would be a hardship for you, come talk to me privately.)

This offer will be limited to the first 15 people who sign up when we open actual signups, but we've never hit that number before. (I really just mention it to guard against the budget running over.) I'll be posting a signup post as we get closer to the actual conference, but I wanted to let people know the plan early so you can all get started working on things!

I know that the open issues are a bit thin right now, since we're still rebuilding the list. If you don't see anything you want to work on there, browse through the bugzilla: migrated (misnomer of a) tag in [site community profile] dw_suggestions: all of those are suggestions that have been approved, but not yet implemented. (I'll do another pass through them next week just to make sure they're up to date.) They haven't been migrated into GitHub Issues yet, but if you see something that you want to work on, open a new issue and copy/paste the text of the suggestion into it, then start work on it.

Also, you can still submit a talk for consideration! (Talk proposals close 7 Mar.) I will repeat my standing offer, which is that if you have a talk accepted, I'll work with you on creating, rehearsing, and delivering the talk beforehand as much as you'd like.
Friday, February 13th, 2015 07:37 am
In late April I will be going to Boston and New York for a few days. Anyone want to meet up?